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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 April 2011) . . Page.. 1401 ..


(b) a number of shortcomings if not addressed quickly will result in ongoing flawed decision-making and accountability problems;

(c) to date the AMC has not delivered to the standard required;

(d) the current capacity of 300 beds places constraints on the delivery of services to detainees and the management of the safety and security of the AMC;

(e) insufficient counselling services have impacted adversely on detainee behaviour;

(f) there is concern the complexity of disciplinary processes are leading to problems;

(g) until the AMC is operating effectively there will be a raised level of risk to the safety of staff and detainees;

(h) reporting and recording of data is problematic;

(i) a number of issues have arisen that have contributed to a diminished capacity of the AMC to deliver services to detainees to meet the standards set for a human rights compliant prison;

(j) a Needle and Syringe Program is unlikely to succeed given staff views;

(k) leadership issues including a lack of continuity need to be addressed;

(l) technology failures need to be addressed;

(m) performance measurement is less than robust;

(n) a range of operational shortcomings indicates a level of failure;

(o) there has been an inefficient staff rostering system;

(p) there are concerns with the design, staffing and operation of the Crisis Support Unit; and

(q) there is division and poor coordination between health services provided between ACT Corrective Services and ACT Health;

(3) notes that the Knowledge Consulting review into ACT Corrective Services governance, including in relation to drug testing at the AMC, dated 1 April 2011, found:

(a) that “since commissioning of the AMC there have existed systemic problems with the governance in ACT Corrective Services that have resulted in management and supervision practices not being effective”;

(b) that “a range of operational shortcomings identified elsewhere in this report indicates a level of failure in relation to proactive monitoring of day to day performance in the AMC workplace”; and


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